Juniors, college planning is among us! The birds are chirping, and warm weather is soon to come. Why not start going on your campus visits now? For some of you, this is the first time you’re thinking about college, while others of you already decided who you want as a roommate your freshman year. Here are some tips that will help with your visits:campus_tour

Call ahead of time: It is best to call two weeks in advance of your visit. It helps the college tailor the tour toward your needs. For example, if you want to visit an individual department for your ideal major or view a certain residence hall on campus, they will try to make it happen. Plus, you can talk to representatives from admissions and financial aid to discuss applying and paying for college.

Go while school is in session: Scheduling your visit while school is in session will help you get a feel for the environment on campus. If you base your decision solely on the school’s website, you’re not getting the full experience. Every site takes pictures of the nicest part of campus, every student is smiling from ear to ear, and a positive image is depicted. Going in person will allow for you to interact with real students and get a true image of campus.

Campus visit questions: It is helpful to prepare yourself with questions ahead of time. Also, take lots of notes, it will be beneficial when you compare each school you’ve visited. For ideas of questions to ask, check out Top 10 Questions to Ask on a Campus Visit!

Student Ambassador:  The college will have a tour guide show you around campus. Your guide will give you information on the college, fun facts about each building, and share different activities you can participate in on campus. Plus, it is the perfect time to ask your guide about their college experience. Also, take some time and tour places on your own.  If there is a friend who goes to the school, set up a time to meet with them. Usually, their opinion is open and honest.  It helps to get multiple perspectives.

Other resources: When on campus, browse around the student center and cafeteria. Take advantage of all aspects of the college. Submerge yourself in the environment and ask if you can see yourself there for the next four to five years. It is a huge commitment and investment you’re making for yourself. It is okay to ask numerous questions and make return visits to tour the campus.

Now go forth, juniors, and rock your campus visits! If you want to share your campus visit stories, comment below!